30 Days of Perfect Pancake Recipes for Breakfast or Brunch
Batter up! Whether you like them for breakfast, brunch, or breakfast-for-dinner, there's no denying that pancakes are a perfect food. Their fluffy interior, soft, golden brown exterior, and ability to absorb a large drizzle of maple syrup and pat of butter makes them absolutely irresistible.
Our collection of pancake recipes offer something new for every day of the week. Try them plain or with chocolate chips. Make them with all-purpose, buckwheat, or brown-rice flour. Whip up one giant Dutch baby pancake instead of individual flapjacks. The possibilities are truly endless, but our 30 favorite pancake recipes should guide you through many delicious mornings ahead.
Start with our most popular rendition: Basic Pancakes. This no-fuss, foolproof method is truly as straightforward as using a boxed mix, but the results really are so much better. Looking for just a slight upgrade to this classic? Our Test Kitchen's Favorite Buttermilk Pancakes uses—you guessed it!—buttermilk for a rich, moist batter, plus lemon juice, which complements the tanginess of the buttermilk and offsets the sweetness of toppings like maple syrup and whipped cream. Both are go-to recipes for our food team.
Of course, not all pancakes have to be sweet. Make our Cheddar-and-Scallion Savory Pancakes for anyone who doesn't have a sweet tooth at 8 a.m. Ricotta-Cornmeal Pancakes are a light and bright alternative to sugary fillings, and the ricotta cheese keeps the dish extremely fluffy. Top with warm honey and segmented oranges for a flavorful finish.
If you're hosting guests but want to serve them something low-key and delicious, consider our many different Dutch baby pancake recipes. Our Apple-Cardamom Brown-Butter Dutch Baby, which puffs up and becomes golden-brown as it bakes in a cast-iron skillet, is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Start your morning—or end your day—on the right foot with these MVP pancake recipes.
Oven-Baked Blueberry Pancake
Instead of flipping flapjacks to order, why not bake them all in one go in the oven? The cast-iron skillet makes for a pretty presentation, and you don't have to spend any time at the stove.
Homemade pink applesauce and sour cream are layered between fluffy pancakes in this eye-catching stack.
Our go-to, easiest, most popular, back pocket pancake recipe. When you want to upgrade from the boxed mix, this is the answer. Need we say more?
Cheddar-and-Scallion Savory Pancakes
Peanut Butter-Stuffed Pancakes
Your brunch guests will adore cutting into the crunchy peanut butter center of these hearty pancakes. The trick is to freeze the peanut butter into disks before sandwiching between the batter.
Lemon-Poppy Seed Cloud Pancakes
Egg whites are the secret to the airy, featherlight texture of these pancakes. Bonus: Everyone will love the combination of bright lemon and crunchy poppy seeds.
Kimchi Pancake with Shrimp
Apple-Cardamom Brown-Butter Dutch Baby
Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancakes
The magic behind these flapjacks is a combination of brown rice flour, potato starch, and xantham gum—no gluten in sight! The result is just as rich and delicious as any good pancake.
On its own, buckwheat is a little too hearty and nutty for a basic pancake recipe. But when paired with all-purpose flour, it becomes a totally different, totally delicious story.
Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
Studded with blueberries and brightened with lemon zest, these crowd-pleasing pancakes deserve a permanent spot on your brunch rotation. The secret to preventing blueberries from sinking in pancake batter? Toss them with flour first.
Test Kitchen's Favorite Buttermilk Pancakes
Not overmixing the batter is just one of the test kitchen's cardinal rules for making these definitive pancakes.
Silver Dollar Pancakes
Mini pancakes make a delicious canvas for maple syrup, but they can also do so much more. They lend themselves well to just about any sweet or savory topping: Gruyere cheese and ham; sour cream, smoked salmon, and chives; cream cheese and fruit preserves—the spin-off possibilities are endless!
Bacon takes center stage in this sweet-and-savory breakfast—the batter is cooked in bacon fat, and each pancake is topped with a bacon slice.
Chestnut and Almond Pancakes with Sautéed Plums
Pecan Pancakes with Mixed Berry Compote
Gluten-free and vegan, these pancakes rely on flaxmeal and oat flour for their wholesome flavor and stay moist thanks to the addition of banana, almond milk, and orange juice.
Hazelnut Pancakes with Raspberry Sauce
Roasted hazelnut meal gives these breakfast cakes a unique buttery flavor that pairs well with the sweet-tart homemade raspberry sauce. Trust us, you won't miss the syrup.
It's all about the humble russet potato in these simple four-ingredient latkes. Dollops of sour cream and snipped chives really let them shine.
Vegan Whole-Wheat Pancakes
No butter or eggs here! Soy milk and safflower oil do the heavy lifting, while a couple tablespoons of turbinado sugar add just the right amount of sweetness.
Silver-Dollar Pancake Sundaes with Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce
In this fabulous breakfast-dessert mash-up, a short stack of mini flapjacks is topped with a scoop of pistachio ice cream and warm Nutella thinned with a little milk.
Harvest Vegetable Pancake with Greens and Goat Cheese
Chocolate Dutch Baby
Blur the lines between breakfast and dessert by serving this soufflé-like chocolate Dutch baby. The fuss-free batter comes together in mere minutes in the blender.
Why not use pancake batter to tell your loved ones how you feel? Piping it into heart shapes makes for a truly festive breakfast.